Temple President's Message for August 2017

To the members and friends of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas:

First, I would like to thank all the temple members and friends who helped out during this month of funerals. It was a very sad month for the Temple with the passing of many Temple members, Mr. Morinaga Tashiro, Mrs. Kyoko Katy Royston, and Mrs. Shinobu Gatanaga. We also lost temple friends, Mr. George Higashi and Tony Miyanaga. All the families told me that they were very grateful for the support the Temple provided to the deceased’s family. I know that for many of you, every week was very busy working on the funerals, and I hope that we won’t be losing any more members and friends in the coming months.  

On a happier note Davis Onitsuka continues to work on the new residence for Rev. Fujita. We were hoping to finish it by Fourth of July weekend but we have had some delays. At the July board of directors meeting, we decided to postpone the move until after the Obon. We are looking to the first or second week in August to move Rev. Fujita in. I would like to thank the BWA for their generous donation to the Temple to help out in the moving expenses to the new residence.

For upcoming events, I am hoping that everyone will be able to help out at this year’s Obon Festival on July 30th. Please check the newsletter for the time and event that you are supposed to help out with. We are having monthly service and shotsuki service on August 13th. On Saturday, August 19th, we are having a Tri Temple Dharma talk with Dr. Ken Tanaka, who was born in Japan, and grew up in Mt. View, CA. He earned B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from UC Berkeley. He now lives in Japan and teaches at Musashino University in Tokyo. He will also be the keynote speaker for the Tri Temple Rennyo Shonin Memorial Service which will be at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas on Sunday, August 20th. After the service, we are hosting a tri temple luncheon, so please plan to come to this event. It will be a rare opportunity to hear about Buddhism from a true expert.
In Gassho,
Gary Tanimura




まず初めに今月の葬儀を手伝ってくれた皆さんありがとうございました。メンバー・友人であった、Mr. Morinaga Tashiro, Mrs. Kyoko Katy Royston, Mrs. Shinobu Gatanaga, Mr. George Higashi and Tony Miyanagaがお亡くなりになった事は、仏教会にとって悲しいことです。すべてのご家族は私に、仏教会の助けに感謝していると述べました。いくつかのメンバーは葬儀ごとに働き大変忙しかった事を私は知っています。これからの月はこれ以上のメンバーを失わない事を願っています。

嬉しい事にDavis Onitsukaさんが引き続き開教使宅の修理の仕事をしています。私たちは7月4日までに修理が終わることを望んでいましたが、少し遅れています。私たちは7月の委員会でお盆祭り後まで引っ越さない事を決めました。8月の初め、また2週目の週に藤田開教使に引っ越してもらおうと考えています。仏教会に今回の費用に寄付をしてくれた、仏教婦人会には感謝いたします。

7月30日に行われるお盆祭りのお手伝いをよろしくお願いします。手伝う時間をニュースレターで確認してください。8月13日に祥月法要があります。8月19日土曜日には、Dr. Ken Tanakaによる法話があります。彼は日本生まれで、Mt. View で育ちました。彼はStanford 大学で人類学のB.A., そしてUC BerkeleyでBuddhist StudiesのPh.D. を 獲得しています。そして今は日本滞在で、武蔵野大学教授です。彼はまたサリナス仏教会で行われるトライテンプル蓮如上人法要のご講師でもあります。法要は8月20日、日曜日です。後には食事もありますのでぜひお越しください。真のエキスパートから仏教について聞くことはまれな機会になります。

合掌 Gary Tanimura


Temple President's Message for July 2017


To Temple members and friends of the Temple

Since the last newsletter, the Temple closed on the purchase of a new residence for the minister on May 24th. The new residence is at 1220 San Marcos Drive in South Salinas close to the Memorial Hospital and Monterey Park Elementary School. The house was fumigated for termites on June 1st. On June 9th to 11th weekend, YBA members painted the rooms under the supervision Davis Onitsuka. Davis reports that additional tile work is needed for the house and the flooring in the kitchen needs to be changed. The stove in the house is not working, and new appliances are also needed. Davis is hoping that Reverend Fujita can move into the house on the first weekend in July. We would like to thank Alicia Uchida and Davis Onitsuka for their tireless work on this project over the last three months. The overall housing market has been very strong over these past three months and we are very lucky that we were able to find a nice house in a great location.

On other temple news, the Dharma School had their end of the school year meeting on June 11th after the monthly service and Faye Amiya has decided to step down from the Dharma School board. Irene Vargas and Laura Takemura have volunteered to join the Dharma School board for this coming school year and help Laura Lee and Cara Tsukamoto on the Dharma School board. The Temple needs to thank Faye Amiya for the twenty years that she has served on the Dharma School board. Our sincere thanks go out to Faye Amiya from the Board of the Salinas Buddhist Temple.

The Obon service will be held on July 9th. Rev. Fujita will hold a service at the Garden of Memory at 9 AM, Yamato Cemetery at 10 AM and Salinas Buddhist Temple at 11 AM.  Also on the calendar is Monterey Obon Festival on July 9th in the afternoon and Watsonville will have their Obon on July 16th. We are having our Obon Festival on July 30th so please come out and help during the week with the setup and especially on Saturday before the festival, and on Obon Sunday. Please let Carol Cisneros know if you know any volunteers that can help, since our membership is getting older and we need all the help we can get.

In Gassho

Gary Tanimura




5月24日に、開教使宅の購入を終えました。新しい住宅はサウス・サリナスの1220サンマルコス・ドライブでメモリアル病院と学校の近くです。6月1日に消毒をすませ、6月9日から11日、YBAのメンバーがDavis Onitsukaさんの監視の元、塗装をしてくれました。Davis Onitsukaさんがタイルとキッチンのフローリングの修理、コンロの購入が必要という事を報告してくれました。7月の初めの週には、藤田開教使が新しい家に入れるとDavis Onitsukaさんは考えています。3カ月間この事について働いてくださったAlicia Uchidaさん とDavis Onitsukaさんへ仏教会は感謝の意を述べます。

6月11日をもって今年度ダルマスクールが終わりました。この日に会議を開き、Faye Amiyaさんがダルマスクールの委員会から退くことを決めました。 Irene Vargasさん と Laura Takemuraさんが委員会に新たに入り、Laura LeeさんとCara Tsukamotoさんと共にダーマスクールを手伝って下さいます。Faye Amiyaさんは20年間ダーマスクールの為にご尽力くださいました。仏教会はFaye Amiyaさんに感謝いたします。



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Temple President's Message for June 2017

To the Temple members of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas,

With great work done by Davis Onitsuka, Melvin Aoki and Alicia Uchida, Salinas Buddhist Temple have a house in escrow for a new minister’s resident on the South side of Salinas. If everything go well Rev. Fujita can move to the new resident in mid-June. Since the housing market has gotten better the Temple needed to exceed the original budget for the new resident but the board felt it was worth it for it is in a great neighborhood in south Salinas next to an elementary school and the hospital. 

During the last month, we had First Alarm upgrade both the Temple and the Temple residence security system.  The Temple need to thank Don Yoshimura and Davis Onitsuka for installation of cameras and lights for the Temple residence and making the residence more secure.  Also during this last month Robert Gatanaga installed new dead bolts for the entire Temple residence doors which will make it hard for an intruder to break-in.  So again, a big thank you to people who volunteered their time to work on these Temple projects and make the minister residence more secure until we can complete the purchase of the new residence for Rev. Fujita.

For the month of June, Temple events include the BWA food sale on Sunday, June 4th starting at 11 AM. Our major service for the month is the Lady Takeko Kujo BWA Memorial Service on June 11th, which is also the last day of Dharma school for the Dharma students. Also mark your calendar on Sunday June 25th we are having our biannual Temple cleanup starting at 8:00 AM.

In Gassho,

Gary Tanimura




Davis Onitsukaさんをはじめ、 Melvin Aokiさん と Alicia Uchidaさんが素晴らしい仕事をしてくださいました。サリナス仏教会はサウスサリナスに家を持ちます。すべてが上手くいったら、藤田開教使は6月中旬にそこへ移動することができます。住宅市場が今現在よくなっているので、予算を超えてしまいましたが、近所に病院や小学校がある良い所を購入できたと委員会は感じています。 

先月にファーストアラーム社を呼び、仏教会と開教使宅のセキュリティーを強化しました。またより安全にするため、監視カメラとライトを取り付けて下さったDon YoshimuraさんとDavis Onitsukaさんに仏教会は感謝いたします。Robert Gatanagaさんは、ドアに本締まり錠を取り付けてくださいました。これにより簡単に外からドアを開けることができません。この度仏教会、開教使宅の為に時間を割いてくださった方々に改めて感謝いたします。 

6月の仏教会行事は6月4日土曜日、11時から仏教婦人会フードセール行います。 6月11日は九条武子氏のメモリアルサービスと最後のダルマスクールが行われます。また、6月25日、日曜日8時からは仏教会大掃除があります。

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Temple President's May 2017 Message

To the Temple members of the Buddhist Temple of Salinas,

We had a very successful Tri-Temple Hanamatsuri Service on April 9th at Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple. About 175 to 180 people from Watsonville, Salinas, and Monterey temples attended the service and had a delicious luncheon after the service.  On Saturday night before the service, eight people from Salinas attended a dinner at Crab House on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  After the dinner there was a Dharma talk by Reverend Kuwahara at the Monterey Temple, which was well attended. Our next Tri-Temple service will be the Gotan-e (ごうたんえ 降誕会, Shinran Shonin’s birthday) service on May 21th at Watsonville Buddhist Temple. Reverend Yuki Sugihara will be the guest speaker and Watsonville is also planning a Dharma talk on Saturday afternoon, so please put these events on your calendar. 

Our Temple will be having our Shotsuki Service for May on May 7th. We will also be having our Annual Temple picnic on the same day after the service so please plan to attend this event. 

In the coming months the Temple will be preparing for our annual Obon Festival on July 30th. I am fortunate to have Jimmy Eitoku and Don Yoshimura co-chair this year’s event.  So please help them out if you are asked, since some of our older members are increasingly unable to do the work that they had done in the past. 

Our Temple is also hosting this year’s Coast District Nembutsu conference on October 29th.  I will chair the event and will be starting a committee for the event. I am looking for volunteers to help with the event so please email or call me if you are willing to help. I am hoping to have a committee of eight to ten people to put on this event. I will be also calling people next month to see if they can help with this event. 

Gassho Gary Tanimura



4月9日、モントレー仏教会で行われた、花祭り法要が無事に終わりました。175~180人ぐらいの方々が参加し、法要後は美味しい食事をしました。サリナス仏教会から8人が Old Fisherman’s WharfのCrab Houseで行われた夕食に参加しました。夕食後に桑原先生からご講義をいただきました。  次に行われるトライテンプルのサービスは5月21日、降誕会法要です。ワトソンビル仏教会で行われ、ご講師は菅原先生です。


7月30日に行われる、お盆祭りの準備が進んでいます。幸運なことに Jimmy Eitoku さんと Don Yoshimuraさんが今年の委員長になってくださいました。ご高齢のメンバー様は昔のようにすることができません、ですので多くの方が彼らを手伝ってくれることを期待しております。



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Temple President's April 2017 Message

To Temple members and friends of the Temple

Since my last newsletter in February, Reverend Fujita, Larry Hirahara and I attended the National Council Meeting in San Jose from March 2 to March 5th. The big news which we voted on during the meeting was passing a $133.31 per member assessment rate which is a $19 increase over our assessment rate of $114 of last year. After talking to the Temple board of directors, we voted for this year Salinas Temple due assessment to increased to $225 for singles and $450 for couples. This will be a $25 per person increase in assessment vs. last year dues. This will be the first increase in the dues since 2007, I feel going to the National Council meeting that cost are raising at the national organization and we can see more increases in the upcoming years unfortunately.

On another unfortunate event, during last month BWA monthly meeting on a Wednesday night a shooting happen on Soledad Street that left four peoples going to the hospital. This event made the BWA ladies uncomfortable having the meetings at night and they have decided to move the meetings to Sunday afternoon which they feel would be a safer time of day. Reverend Fujita, who was also at the meeting and who has have peoples pounding his resident door in the middle of the night, decided it is not safe at the temple resident and has move to a resident house behind Alan Takemura’s house. The Temple need to thanks Alan and his wife for letting Sensei Fujita temporary stay at the guest house. The Temple board is actively looking into finding a new resident for the sensei to stay in. We are also working on the minister’s resident on the Temple ground to make it more secure and hope to make it into a rental in the future.

Next month, the Tri-Temples of Monterey, Watsonville and Salinas are having Hanamatsuri service on April 9th, Sunday at 10:00 AM at the Monterey Buddhist Temple. If someone would like a ride to Monterey, we will be having carpooling from the Salinas Buddhist Temple leaving at 9 AM. Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara, co-director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education will be the guest speaker for Hanamatsuri service. After the service we will be having a luncheon at the Monterey temple so please try to make this important service.

In Gassho Gary Tanimura 








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